Where Are Volvo Cars Built?

January 27, 2012

Volvo Cars was founded in 1927 in Gothenburg, Sweden, but it is now owned by Ford Motor Company. There are many Volvo factories worldwide but not all of them manufacture the same Volvo models, so each area that produces Volvo cars has a slightly different selection for locals to choose from. It is cheaper to buy a Volvo model that was manufactured locally than to buy one that has to be shipped overseas to your location because overseas shipping is more expensive than overland shipping. Also, the higher supply of Volvo models that are being manufactured drives the price of those models down for that local region. The following is a list of the countries where Volvo cars are built and which models are being produced there.


With two separate factories in Sweden, one in Torslanda and one in Uddevalla, Sweden produces a wide variety of Volvo models. The plant in Torslanda manufactures the Volvo S80, the Volvo S40, the Volvo S60, the Volvo V50 and the Volvo XC60, while the Uddevalla plant only produces the Volvo C70.


There is one Volvo factory in Belgium that is currently producing cars. It is located in Ghent, and builds the Volvo C30, the Volvo S40, the Volvo S60, the Volvo V50 and the Volvo XC60.


The Volvo factory in Thailand, located in Rayong, has recently started manufacturing the S80, the S60, the V70 and the XC90 models. It also builds some of the older models.


There is one Volvo factory in China, and it only makes two models, the Volvo S40 and the Volvo S80 LWB.

Related Questions and Answers

Out of All the Volvo Vans, Which Model is the Most Popular?

The XC90 ranks as the most popular of the Volvo vans in terms of units sold. While the XC90 is classified as a crossover, seating 7 people, it had sales of 32,754 in 2009 worldwide. The 6-cylinder models have a 3.2 L engine delivering 240 horsepower, 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. The price for a 2011 model starts at about $38,000 manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP). The V-8 all-wheel drive model has a more powerful 4.4 L engine that produces 311 horsepower and more torque. Positive comments abound for the XC90. "It's an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 'Top Safety Pick,' "comes with excellent standard safety features" and "has plenty of cargo space," according to U.S. News and World Report BEST CARS 2011. In the Scottish Car of the Year Awards of 2003, it won the overall category, as well as the "Best SUV" according to the Volvo Owners Club.

Which Volvo Minivan has the Highest Safety Rating?

The Volvo minivan with the highest safety rating is the XC60. While classified as a crossover because of its sporty sturdiness, it can transport 5 people. The XC60 received the highest ratings of Volvo SUVs in tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. While this organization didn't release test data on the Volvo XC70, the XC60 achieved a "good" overall rating for rollover protection, with a higher "strength-to weight ratio" than the XC90 for recent models. The Institute's other test result grades are "acceptable", "marginal" and "poor". In side impact tests with standard airbags, the XC60 achieved all "goods" in protecting the head, neck, torso, pelvis and legs. In "frontal offset" tests measuring injury risk to the head, neck, chest, legs, and feet, the XC60 also received all "goods." 

How Often Does a Volvo Require Diesel Tuning Maintenance?

The recommended frequency of Volvo diesel tuning varies based on the model and year. The paperwork received with the vehicle will give instruction. The manual for the 1985 760 GLE turbo diesel recommends valve clearance inspection every 15,000 miles. Air cleaner filter replacement, Idle RPM inspection, fuel line filter replacement and ignition timing inspection to be done every 30,000 miles. Advances in quality and technology over the years have made some newer diesel vehicles require less frequent maintenance. For example, some diesel engines in late model C30s have a recommended service interval of 37,500 miles, or 3 years for a fuel filter change.

In General, How High are Volvo Reliability Ratings?

Consumers will find Volvo reliability ratings "about average" based on a J.D. Power and Associates assessment. The 2010 Vehicle Dependability Study by the firm produced measures on a 5 point scale rating the powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories. Volvo received 3 out of 5 points in each of these measures as well as overall dependability. ConsumerGuide Automotive, which provides another source for vehicle reliability research, describes some concerns for the S60. These include potential clutch pedal vibration in the 2001-2002 turbo models. The evaluators based these concerns on "Technical Service Bulletins from Volvo" and staff research.

Do I Have to Buy a Volvo Car Battery if I Drive a Volvo Vehicle?

When buying a Volvo car battery, the consumer can choose a genuine Volvo part or an "aftermarket" variety. Consult the owner's manual for specifications on the battery for your Volvo. The manual for the S60 advises the owner to make sure a replacement battery includes a "ventilation hose" for hydrogen gas escape, like the original battery has. Consumers can find aftermarket batteries for Volvos on the Internet. The website Auto Batteries.com has a "battery selector" program, where the user can look for a variety of brands. By inputting the model, year and engine of your Volvo, this website will display replacement batteries available, and which auto part stores carry them.

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